Premier League: Watford vs Tottenham preview


Seventh-placed Tottenham visit eighth-placed Watford on Saturday at Vicarage Road in a match that will see both sides trying to bounce back after a midweek defeat. Last season Tottenham won 4-1 at Watford before winning 4-0 at White Hart Lane. In fact, Tottenham won all the last four Premier League matches against Watford, the Hornets have not defeated the Spurs since 1994, when they won a League Cup match 3-2. Watford have not won a league match against Tottenham since 1987.

Watford had their two-game winning streak snapped in midweek as they lost 4-2 at home against Manchester United, their fifth defeat of the season and third at home. In fact, Watford had much better results away from home this season, they won four of seven matches and lost just twice. Will Hughes picked up a knock against Man United and might have to sit this one out, while Tommie Hoban, Craig Cathcart, Nathaniel Chalobah and Isaac Success remain injured. Younes Kaboul is getting closer to his return, but Saturday's match might come too soon for him.

Tottenham lost 2-1 at Leicester on Tuesday, extending their poor streak in the Premier League to three matches without a win. They dropped to seventh place as a result and can already say goodbye to the title race as leaders Manchester City are already sixteen points ahead. Tottenham have won just one of their last five Premier League matches, with this kind of form they would be lucky to finish anywhere near the top four. Toby Alderweireld and Victor Wanyama remain injured, while Harry Winks is a fitness doubt.

Probable line-ups:

Watford: Gomes - Mariappa, Kabasele, Prodl - Femenia, Pereyra, Doucoure, Cleverley, Zeegelaar - Richarlison - Gray

Tottenham: Lloris - Trippier, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Davies - Winks, Dier - Lamela, Eriksen, Alli - Kane

My prediction: 1-1 draw.

Here are the odds for the match at Bet365:

Watford win - 5.00
Draw - 3.79
Tottenham win - 1.66

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  • Bulgaria sharpe

    19/12/17

    Watford having a great season when we know they were one of the bookies favourites for relegation in a pre-season.

    Spurs are great side but not enough quality on the bench for them I think so that influencing their PL season after they've been mainly concentrated on the CL performance, that could cost them top four place in the PL though and as it looks right now that's quite possible.

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